Nation encourages healthier lifestyles
Chinese people’s health will improve to the same level as people living in high-income countries by 2030, according to a plan released by China’s central government.
The blueprint, released by the State Council on Tuesday, calls for building a “healthy China” and lists targets to be achieved before 2030, including longer life expectancy, lowered mortality rates and healthier lives.
All central government departments and local governments are required to implement the plan and will be responsible for meeting major targets in their jurisdictions, according to a statement released by the National Health and Family Planning Commission onWednesday.
Average life expectancy for Chinese is expected to reach 79, more than two years longer than last year, the plan said.
The premature death rate for people with major diseases such as cancer will also be reduced, and they are expected to live longer, the plan added.
Individual expenditure on healthcare will be reduced to about 25 percent of China’s total health expenditure, from the current plan said.
The government will carry out national strategic programs on the prevention and control of chronic diseases such as cancer and stroke, a major threat to the health of Chinese, and improve services for key groups, such as pregnant women, the elderly and disabled, the plan said.
China will also continue promoting equal access to healthcare services and give more support to impoverished areas in the middle and western parts of the country to improve healthcare for poor people, it said.
LiuYuanli, deanoftheSchool of Public Health at Peking 29 percent, the Union Medical College, said a major threat to Chinese people’s health is chronic diseases.
“Incidences of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and hypertension are increasing rapidly,” he said. “The key lies in prevention.”
Although the government invests heavily in medical care, most of it is spent on disease treatment rather than prevention, and this does not address the rapid rise of chronic diseases, he said.
More than 260 million people inChina suffer from chronic diseases, which cause 85 percent of all deaths in the country, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission. 62,formerdeputyheadofNationalDevelopmentand ReformCommission
Liuwas found guilty of accepting about 35.6 million yuan ($5.8 million) in return for granting favors to businesses.
According to the documentary, Liu was sentenced to life in prison on Dec 10, 2014, for misusing his power for personal benefit.
The documentary showed that a businessman from a chemical firm set up a company for his son, LiuDecheng, and gave him 825 million yuan with fabricated business contracts. The businessman was granted a chemical engineering project as a reward.